• Germany's news in English

Chinese 'invited' for talks on detained artist Ai

The Local · 6 Apr 2011, 15:57

Published: 06 Apr 2011 15:57 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

"The foreign minister has again voiced the expectation to the Chinese government that the artist be freed immediately and that there be an explanation of this episode," spokesman Steffen Seibert said.

"The Chinese ambassador is expected later today at the foreign ministry so that these calls for liberation and clarification can be expressed with all clarity."

Foreign ministry spokesman Andreas Peschke said however that the ambassador had not been "summoned." He also said that Germany's position "will also be made clear in Beijing via diplomatic channels."

Ai, 53, an outspoken critic of China's ruling Communist Party, was detained on Sunday at Beijing airport as he prepared to board a flight to Hong Kong, in the latest activist to be rounded up in a major crackdown on dissent.

His lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan said Wednesday he still had no news on Ai's fate, while the mobile phone of Ai's wife Lu Qing was switched off. China's police and government have refused to comment on the case.

Story continues below…


The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

17:06 April 6, 2011 by derExDeutsche
I wish the West could do more to support the 'Jasmine Revolution' activists in China. They are feeling very isolated and vulnerable. Scary, indeed. Ai and his wife are brave people, but certainly not the only ones.

This is equivalent to a modern day Tiananmen Square .

But as long as we keep creating and selling debt to China, there won't be much anybody can say.
01:41 April 7, 2011 by zeddriver
Why would we "the west" want to do that. Or better yet "why should we". You know what would happen. The US would be excoriated by all the wanabe Marxists, Socialists, Communists that populate Europe. They wouldn't want us to spread our evil capitalist ways to The land of peace and equality that is China, By helping some of the citizens(Ai) of China that are not being persecuted. Let Germany take care of it. After all. Germany and China are best buddies now.

I'm trying to be sarcastic. But upon thinking about it. It's the truth. If the west was able to rid the earth of all evil. The west would still be called Imperialists by the likes of @idiot, @DOZ

After all hating the west is all the rage.
09:56 April 7, 2011 by freechoice
yeah talk some more! see if those dictators will budge.

or you will get the same old response like "please do not interfere with the internal politics of another country" same old same old cow's dung.
01:12 April 9, 2011 by padu
I always wonder from which dark corner West found this fat man who obviously benefitted from China's reform and who represents probably only 0.000001% of Chinese. I guess we in west are seldom spoonfed by media about story of 550 millions Chinese lifted from poverty, a greatest contribution China did to world peace.

If you surf the PEW polling you'll find the extreme majority of Chinese support thier government, a percentage no Western countries dare to dream. It just prove so-called democracy and human right are only a tool to rein and stop China from its fearful growing.
Today's headlines
Creepy clown scare spreads to Germany
Two of the clowns were apparently equipped with chainsaws. Photo: Pedro Pardo / AFP file picture

Police said Friday five incidents involving so-called scary clowns had occurred in two north German town, including one assailant who hit a man with a baseball bat, amid fears that Halloween could spark a rash of similar attacks.

Student fined for spying on women via their webcams
Photo: DPA

Student from Munich fined €1,000 for spying on 32 different computers, using their webcams to take photographs, or record their keyboard history.

This is how much startup geeks earn in Germany
Photo: DPA

A comprehensive new survey of 143 startup founders shows how much you are likely to be earning at a German startup, from entry level all the way up to sitting on the board.

Man dies after beating for peeing near Freiburg church
The Johannes Church in Freiburg. Photo Jörgens Mi/Wikipedia

A middle-aged man from southern Germany has died after being attacked by a group of men who took umbrage with the fact he was urinating in the vicinity of a church.

The Local List
Seven German celebrities with uncanny doppelgängers
Former Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit and actor Alec Baldwin. Photo: DPA; Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons

Check out these seven look-a-likes of well known German figures - we admit that some are more tenuous than others...

Israel seeks to buy three new German submarines: report
A Dolphin class submarine. Photo: DPA

Israel is seeking to buy three more advanced submarines from Germany at a combined price of €1.2 billion, an Israeli newspaper reported Friday.

Here’s where people live the longest in Germany
Photo: DPA

Germans down south seem to know the secret to a long life.

More Germans identify as LGBT than in rest of Europe
Photo: DPA

The percentage of the German population which identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is higher than anywhere else in Europe, according to a new study.

'Reichsbürger' pair attack police in Saxony-Anhalt
File photo: DPA.

A "Reichsbürger" and his wife attacked police officers on Thursday, just a day after another Reichsbürger fatally shot an officer in Bavaria.

Five things not to miss at the Frankfurt Book Fair
Photo: DPA

From consulting a book doctor to immersing yourself in an author's world with the help of virtual reality, here are five things not to miss at this week's Frankfurt Book Fair, the world's largest publishing event.

Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
10 things you never knew about socialist East Germany
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
How Germans fell in love with America's favourite squash
How I ditched London for Berlin and became a published author
Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
12 clever German idioms that'll make you sound like a pro
23 fascinating facts you never knew about Berlin
9 unmissable events to check out in Germany this October
10 things you never knew about German reunification
10 things you're sure to notice after an Oktoberfest visit
Germany's 10 most Instagram-able places
15 pics that prove Germany is absolutely enchanting in autumn
10 German films you have to watch before you die
6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
10 pieces of German slang you'll never learn in class
Ouch! Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Six reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
15 tell-tale signs you’ll never quite master German
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
Eleven famous Germans with surnames that'll make your sides split
The best ways to get a visa as an American in Germany
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd